My thoughts on the Syrian air strikes

We are currently in a very precarious position globally with tensions extremely high.

The pictures that came out of Douma last week of the victims of the chemical attack were horrific. The suffering that was on show shook the world and has since led to the UK joining America and France in the bombing of Syria.

First of all I want to condemn the use of chemical weapons. The use of such weapons has been outlawed since the Chemical Weapons Convention came into effect in 1997 – and rightfully so. Appropriate action must be taken against anybody who is found guilty of using these weapons.

The news reports were hard to see and what compounded the situation for me was the fact that MPs were not in Parliament at the time. We were therefore unable to discuss what had happened and discuss how the UK was going to react.

MPs should have been recalled to Parliament so a meaningful debate could have taken place. It would not have taken much for Theresa May to do this and the Speaker of the House, John Bercow, has since suggested that he would’ve welcomed this move.

Theresa May explained that there was no doubt in her mind that the Asaad Regime was responsible for the chemical attack and therefore made the decision to go ahead with the air strikes. Mrs May should have brought what evidence she had confirming Asaad’s involvement to Parliament.

Also there was no imminent threat to the UK so immediate action before any discussion with Parliament was not necessary.

Military action is one of – if not the – most significant decision a leader can make. It’s only right that Parliament should be approached before any troops are committed to military operations. I am pleased that all military personnel returned and that there were no reported civilian casualties, but my colleagues and I should have had a vote before these lives were put at risk.

Even if Parliament had voted to support the Prime Minister, dropping bombs cannot be the only aspect of our Syrian strategy. There needs to be a wider plan. Simply dropping bombs will not bring stability to Syria.